What It's Like To Be A Model On The Clock
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What It's Like To Be A Model On The Clock

It isn't quite what you think.

Many people have preconceived notions of what exactly models do when they are on the clock. Some might think of something like this. But what many don't know is that what goes on behind the scenes, or what a day on a magazine shoot or campaign is like, is nothing more than merely waiting around.

Yes, that's correct, we don't get trailers or have people waiting on us for our every need. Hell, I once had to go behind a building and change into clothes in the middle of a shoot in broad daylight because the photographer couldn't afford studio space.

Nevertheless, every job is different; straight down the line from the photographer to the other models involved. It's honestly a crap shoot, I've been on jobs where the entire crew were friendly and we had a great time talking and getting to know one another... and then there were times where everyone sat around for nine hours on their phones, not saying a word to one another. That's just how it goes.

Also, there's the problem of not being the main model of the shoot, which is always the worst. You are basically a background model to the actual model or "star" of the shoot. You then have to wait around for hours for your turn to shoot, and when you actually do, there's no guarantees you will end up in the final product.

For example, in the beginning of my career when I was still in high school, I spent an entire Sunday onset waiting to be shot for this weird Russian fashion magazine. As every model showed up after me, they were quickly dressed and shot, while I sat like a sap on a uncomfortable leather couch in a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wearing itchy makeup and hair extensions that made me look like an androgynous mess.

When my turn finally came, at approximately 10 PM, they literally took three photos of me and then had me sent on my way. To top it off, not only did I not get paid for this job, but I also did not even make it into the editorial. To this day, I still have not seen a picture from that damn job. But I did get some justice, I immediately texted my agent about the ordeal, to which he then gave the clients a good chewing out, destroying them over email for their lack of professionalism and wasting his model's time. That's why you need representation people, to protect you from this shit.

Usually though, jobs are overall fun. I've met many of my modeling friends on jobs while working together. You kinda have to, because if you don't feel comfortable around one another and you are taking pictures together, it's going to show, and it's gonna come out awkward and not genuine in the photos. I always try to get to know the models I'm working with, whether it's a guy or girl, 'cause you can't fake realism.

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The Truth About Being a Model

It's not all glitz and glamour.

Modeling seems glamorous and exciting and fun, and it is sometimes, but there's more to it. I modeled for four years of my life and eventually gave it up because pancakes are *really* good, but I learned a lot about models along the way.

They're not (all) rich.
Models don't always make a ton of money. A couple are super successful, but the average model finishes her career without significant amounts of money in the bank, and many find it hard to make rent. The average annual salary of a model is $26,000. It's not much more than someone making minimum wage working a 40-hour work week.

Their schedules are crazy.
Schedules are sporadic and crazy, and it's never clear when a job will come up. Notice can be minimal, and models are expected to drop everything and go. Not only that, but once on the job, the hours can can be very long.

They starve.
It's a thing. It doesn't have to be and it shouldn't be, but so often, it is. Two thirds of models are told to lose weight, and they often do so in unhealthy ways.

Their mental health suffers.
Up to 70 percent of models suffer from anxiety or depression.

They can be super smart.
Models aren't stupid. In fact, many go to great schools. They can be unintelligent, just like any other random human being, but they don't have to be. It's a very annoying assumption people make.

They're not even pretty.
I'm just kidding. Models are gorgeous. They're not the stereotypical beautiful image they're made out to be without the hair, makeup, and airbrushing though, and that's important to note. In many cases, they look just like any other girl.

They can't get every role.
It's all about the role, and the specifications for a certain position are usually very specific. For a Victoria's Secret Angel, the height requirement is exactly 5-foot-9, and the size requirements are 34-24-34. Some people, no matter what they do, just won't make the cut, and it's hard to accept that there's nothing one can do about it.

They get scammed.
So many young girls dream of modeling that they easily give up to thousands of dollars to go to so-called modeling schools or join so called agencies with promises of making it big. Unsurprisingly, many are illegitimate and the jobs never come.

They often deal with abuse.

Especially because models can be so young and are in a position of less power than their employers, they often face abuse of all kinds in the adult world of sex, drugs, and alcohol. About 30 percent of models have been inappropriately touched at work and 28 percent have been pressured to have sex.

People make modeling out to be glamorous, and seeing the results at the end of the job definitely can be, but getting there often isn't. It's important to know what you're getting into if you decide to pursue modeling.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder, there are resources that can help.

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Internship Diaries: Week Three

Chicken with its head cut off

The subhead of this one is so lame, I get it. Who even says "chicken with its head cut off" anymore? Here's the thing though, there is literally no better way to explain how this week has felt. I have spent the last few days not only running around the city, but also running around Long Island and New Jersey.

Between dealing with closed tunnels imperative to making it to meetings on time and dealing with a two-day heads up that shit needs to get ready and organized for a shoot, it's been quite a week. Although I don't want you to be misled into thinking that means it was a bad week. It was actually a fantastic one.

Let's start with the Jersey and Long Island thing, so I can explain to you why being stuck in NYC traffic for a good chunk of my day was worth it. I work in an industry that offers internships that are a complete gamble. I have no idea if I'll spend the week packing boxes and reorganizing closets, or if I'll find myself with a little more hands on responsibilities.

For the fashion industry, it's currently buying season. We have our Fall/Holiday collections ready and it's time to start selling the line to major department store and boutiques. While major department stores always come into the showroom to buy, small independent boutiques don't always have the time or money to come into the city. So that means we go to them.

So for two days this week my boss (who I think is totally cool) and I rented a car and headed out to sell our collection. Meetings for this typically only take 20-30 minutes, which means plenty of time to take advantage of the day. So when we were finished with the meetings, we shopped and ate and enjoyed not being in the office. We also stopped for donuts on the way back. Both days. I highly suggest you work for someone who likes to eat as much as you do.

I'm now in the process of running around in complete chaos getting ready for a shoot we have tomorrow. A shoot that the not-super-stellar-at-communicating head of the company told us about yesterday. Which essentially leaves a day and a half to get everything organized and errands run to prepare. The shoot is for a men's spring collection, which typically happens the summer before.

The day before the actual shoot is always spent steaming, taking care of catering, making sure people are where they need to be, running and getting various snacks and random other items we'll need throughout the day. The day of the shoot will require an early call time to re-steam the clothes and get everything set up so we can start shooting the second everyone's there. Days like this tend to be 8-7 p.m. rather than 9-6 p.m.

But trust me, if the excitement of being on set isn't enough to help you through the day - helping dress a model will.

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A Model's Tips For Breaking Into The Modeling Industry

May the odds be ever in your favor.

If you are reading this, then you are far beyond joking with your friends about becoming a model, and are seriously trying to get into modeling but have no idea how to start.

Well, look no further, 'cause I'm about to save you some time and money.

But why listen to anything I have to say? Good question.

I have been a professional model for the past five years, working since high school in New York City. I have walked for numerous designers and have shot about a dozen editorials and look-books. So, I like to think I know something about this crazy industry.

So here are six tips for breaking into the modeling industry:

1. Beware of scams.
I'm sure many of you have probably heard stories of shady agencies lying to people, or having their money taken for photo shoots or "modeling classes," etc. It's all bullshit; no real agency will ever ask you for money.

They don't need to since an agency is investing in YOU, which means that the agency is supposed to do everything it can to make you successful - not steal from you.

2. Living near big market cities such as New York, Miami, LA, Chicago, etc. is a plus.
Apply to agencies in these cities, because there are hundreds of them, and almost all of them are reputable. New York is the best; it's the staple of the modeling and fashion industries.

If you live in a rural area or not near a big city, don't worry. Research online to see what agencies are nearby in more smaller markets like Washington, Ohio or Texas. Many big market agencies like Ford and Wilhelmina have relationships with these smaller agencies and do scout and sign models, so don't always think starting off in a little pond is a bad thing.

3. Email photos to agencies.
However, if an agency has an open call, go. Open calls are when agencies allow potential talent to come in to get looked at by a scout to see whether or not they are interested in signing you. You will not walk some makeshift runway, nor will you sing.

They will look at you, your photos (If you have any) and then, if they are interested, they will take digitals of you and have you fill out some kind of form with your name and phone number on it. On the other hand, not every agency has open calls, so make sure you read their submission instructions - don't just show up.

4. Natural.
Agencies want simple photos, not a photoshopped or unnatural photo of you. Find out more on how to take digitals.

5. Social media following.
When I began modeling, Instagram hadn't quite become what it is today. It has transformed the modeling industry to the point where now you get booked more based on how many people are following you, rather than your actual look. So try to rack up those followers, because it can come in handy when meeting with an agency.

6. Be yourself.
Don't feel that you need to be fake or change yourself for this industry in order to get signed. Whatever personality you have, own it, because that's what agents and clients are looking for in models: individuality and realness.

For example, I was 17, awkward and not bursting with confidence, yet my agent signed me because of the potential he saw in my look. A couple years later, the confidence has slowly built, but I never felt the need to change myself. You can never change who you are.

Happy hunting!

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6 Celebrity Pregnancy Pics That Are Too Beautiful For Words

AKA: what I wish I looked like after a burrito.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. A woman's body goes through countless changes--both good and bad--all in the hopes of raising a strong and healthy baby.

For the average woman, being pregnant means trying to stay sane when out in public, but for a pregnant celebrity, it means staying sane in front of one thousand cameras.

Luckily for us, these cameras also provided some of the most beautiful shots of pregnancy that we may not have gotten to see otherwise.

1. Serena Williams.
Serena's pregnancy was perhaps the biggest shock the sporting world has had in years--especially after it was discovered that she won the Australian Open while she was several weeks along.

After accidentally announcing her pregnancy on Snapchat, the athlete has talked about her pregnancy on multiple occasions. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, she talks about her engagement to Reddit co-founder and her hopes for the future.

source: vanityfair.com

2. Beyonce Knowles.
Beyonce's announcement that she was expecting twins was perhaps one of the craziest moments of 2017--so far. After experiencing trouble getting pregnant with her first child, Blue Ivy, her fans couldn't have been more overjoyed to hear about her second, and her amazing maternity shoot was just the icing on the cake.

source: usmagazine.com

3. Demi Moore.
As one of the most iconic and recognized photos of the early 90s, this maternity shoot practically created the billion dollar pregnancy photo business. Shot by Annie Leibovitz (who also took Serena Williams' pregnancy photos), this photo made pregnancy sexy again.

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4. Milla Jovovich.
This gorgeous shot of Milla was taken while she was eight months pregnant with her second child. Looking both elegant and sensual, she's really proving just how beautiful motherhood can be.

source: dailymail.co.uk

5. Natalie Portman.
Natalie not only took a series of photos while pregnant, she also starred in a music video. Shot elegantly in black and white, the video even shows the baby kicking in Natalie's belly, something I never thought I'd see.

source: popsugar.com

6. Candice Swanepoel.
With a successful career as one of Victoria's Secret's sexiest models, Candice's pregnancy came as a surprise. She gave birth to her baby earlier this year and is already in even better shape than I'll ever be.

source: eonline.com

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You Need To See These Dog Maternity Photos

My dog is lucky I didn't think of this.

What did we do to deserve dogs? I like dogs so much that sometimes I would rather hangout with them then some people I know. Maybe someday i'll become a dog lady, who knows, but in the meantime, I will only limit myself to the two puppers I have now and forcing random strangers on the streets to stop so I can love their dog.

While I was creepin' around on Twitter (don't even try and pretend you don't do that), I found the most ADORABLE dog maternity photoshoot.

This soon to be mama's name is Fusee. In the photos, Fusee was accompanied by her mom/bestfriend Elsa Veria-Menas, a flower crown and a sign that reads "Soon 2 Be Mom."

This adorable maternity photo shoot was taken by 19-year-old freelancer and designer, Meet-Clayton.

Naturally, everyone and their mothers on Twitter freaked the f out. It was retweeted 62,000 times, and received a lot of love in the comments.

Lucky for us, Elsa Veria-Menas isn't the only dog mom who has done this!

This happy dog mama is Lilica, and she gave birth to five adorable puppies after her shoot.

Here's another prego pup named Beyonce.

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And you thought that Beyonce's pregnancy photos were cute...

Here are some other cute puppers

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